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‘Some are going to be totally brilliant… and some are going to be set up by mad people’

When Colin Diamond went for a job interview at the Department for Education, his words about those running free schools proved prophetic: three years later, he was being deployed to Birmingham to mop up after the Trojan Horse scandal. Eleanor Busby reports

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Four years have passed since Birmingham City Council received an infamous letter alleging a plot to take over schools in the city and run them according to strict Islamic principles.

November 2013 was just the start of the “Trojan Horse” scandal, which put the Muslim community of Birmingham – and the council in particular – in the national firing line.

“Nobody emerged smelling like roses,” says Colin Diamond, who started working at Birmingham City Council in 2014, before later taking charge of education. “Clearly, the council had a big, big improvement journey to undertake. Some of the basic ...

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